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Markley and Elm Streets Bridge

Photo 

Stony Creek Bridge (Markley & Elm ) - February 2009

Downsteam sideview

Photo taken by Raymond Klein

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BH Photo #134868

Map 

Description 

FROM THE 1996-2001 PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC BRIDGE SURVEY: 'The 2 span, 69'-long closed spandrel stone arch bridge built in 1878 is laid up with matched ring stones and ashlar spandrel walls and parapets. The bridge is a well preserved example of its type, and it is individually significant as well as a contributing resource to the Central Norristown Historic District. It is partially in the district, but it was not rated in the 1984 nomination. The three factors of large size, mid-19th century date of construction, and completeness of original design combine to determine the technological significance of this stone arch bridge.'

Montgomery County Bridge Inventory states the bridge is: A strong candidate for long-term preservation.

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Stoney Creek at corner of Elm & Markley Streets in Norristown
Location
Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1878
Design
Stone arch
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 24.9 ft.
Total length: 68.9 ft.
Deck width: 122.5 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Stoney Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12167, -75.34333   (decimal degrees)
40°07'18" N, 75°20'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/470745/4441317 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Norristown
Inventory numbers
PA 46 7413 1580 0003 (Pennsylvania Bridge Management System number)
PANBI 28226 (Pennsylvania BRKEY bridge number on the 2011 NBI)
BH 31400 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2008)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 37.6 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 1975)
12,000

Update Log 

  • May 4, 2012: Updated by Jodi Christman: Added description and corrected width
  • March 4, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein
  • February 28, 2009: Updated by Raymond Klein: Modified location to reflect map-corner Markley & Elm Streets in Norristown, PA.
  • January 19, 2009: New photo from Raymond Klein

Sources 

  • Raymond Klein - Bookshelfthe [at] msn [dot] com
  • Jodi Christman - masterofchaos [at] outlook [dot] com